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James Norrod new CEO of PrecisionHawk

James Norrod has been named as our new Chief Executive Officer. Michael Chasen will lead PrecisionHawk’s advisory board and continue to champion efforts to integrate commercial drones into the National Airspace as Chair of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee. Mr. Norrod brings more than 25 years of experience leading companies

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Giant Ekranoplan – Russia’s Flying Ship

In the 1960s, the leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev bragged that his nation had ships that could jump right over bridges. His cryptic words confused Western leaders, but he was alluding to a secret project deep within the Soviet Union. The Soviets were developing a new class of

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Boeing Partners with Tactical Robotics on VTOL Tech

Boeing Co. has signed an agreement with Israel-based Tactical Robotics to explore development of a ducted fan propulsion technology with potential uses for piloted and autonomous light aircraft. Through a joint working group, the two companies will determine what opportunities may exist in developing, producing and marketing Fancraft based

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Draganfly’s New Payloads for Environmental Monitoring

Draganfly Inc. has announced three new specialized payload offerings, which are intended to expand agricultural research and environmental monitoring using drones.Draganfly’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Draganfly Innovations Inc., has developed these new payload options in collaboration with research experts in agricultural and water resources fields. These new camera packages, which have now

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PigeonBot Biohybrid Drone Flies with Feathered Wings

Scientists at Stanford University’s Bio-Inspired Research & Design (BIRD) lab understand that birds can morph the shape of their wings to suit various flying patterns, such as takeoff, landing, and turning, and are trying to transform that masterpiece of evolution into something mechanical. David Lentink, a trained biologist and aerospace

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Vodafone Report: British Public Backs Drones if Regulated

Four out of five Britons would support the widespread adoption of drones if stringent safety, security and monitoring measures existed, according to a new report by Vodafone. Of the 2,000 members of the public polled for the report, the majority support their use for emergency response (86%), police assistance (79%)

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African drone business finalists announced

Ten African startups have been selected as finalists in the first African Drone Business Challenge. The finalists represent 9 African countries – Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Each finalist will participate in a live pitch and award ceremony on Thursday, Feb

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Atmos UAV further expands its distributor network with Vekom GEO

Atmos UAV, the fast-growing Delft-based drone manufacturer that develops high-end VTOL fixed-wing drones for surveying and mapping applications, enters the Balkan region and appoints Vekom GEO as its official distributor in Bulgaria. Through this collaboration, Vekom Geo will offer Marlyn drones to local surveyors, and provide them with support and

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Draganfly Releases New Payloads to Increase Efficiency and Data Collection Quality

Draganfly Inc. (CSE: DFLY) (OTCQB: DFLYF) (FSE: 3U8) (“Draganfly” or the “Company”), an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”) and Unmanned Vehicle Systems (“UVS”) space, today announced three new specialized payload offerings, which are intended to expand agricultural research and environmental monitoring using drones. Draganfly’s wholly-owned

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Heliguy wins place on £8M YPO drone framework contract

James Willoughby DJI Gold Partner Heliguy has been awarded a major contract with YPO, as part of an £8million national framework agreement to supply drones and services to public sector organisations, primarily to blue light clients and the emergency services. Heliguy, the UK’s largest UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) expert, has

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Jetoptera announces collaboration with Honeywell to expand fluidic propulsion system to defense market

Jetoptera, Inc. is collaborating with Honeywell Aerospace to bring fluidic propulsion to the defense market. The effort will leverage Jetoptera’s revolutionary fluidic propulsion system and Honeywell’s broad portfolio of proven turboshaft engines and auxiliary power units. Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS) equipped aircraft enable runway independence, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)

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Applied Navigation inks deal with AFRL

Applied Navigation is pleased to announce our software licensing agreement with AFRL to provide Vigilant Spirit Control Station to our users. Vigilant Spirit is largely unknown in the commercial world, but it will be a great fit for any autonomous system that needs to get work done on a daily

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Blackjack Fielding Complete for US Navy, Marine Corps

The fielding of the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system achieved full operational capability in 2019, the US Navy’s program manager said. Col. John Neville, the Blackjack’s program manager for the Program Executive Office-Unmanned and Strike Weapons, told Seapower at the Surface Navy Association gathering here that all 21 systems for

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$1M Grant for Israel-US Drone Project

The BIRD Foundation, a binational research and industrial development fund that promotes cooperation between US and Israeli companies, has approved a $1 million investment for a joint project between BWR Israel and Easy Aerial USA to develop a multi-mission command and control system for unmanned aerial vehicles for national security

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US Navy Builds Aircraft Carrier Drone Headquarters

The US Navy is building a special new command and control mini “drone-headquarters” space on its aircraft carriers to operate deck-launched drones as part of a strategy aimed at massively increasing the scope of carrier-launched drone missions in coming years. Launching drones from carriers represents an unprecedented technical leap for

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Federal Railroad Administration Report on Using UAV to Produce Accurate Grade Crossing Profile Data

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a report on its Office of Research, Development and Technology’s study of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to produce accurate 3-D models of high-profile grade crossings. Conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, the

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New UAV integrated systems and software from Microdrones

With the launch of three new integrated systems, Microdrones has now completed the range of what its popular 3000 series of integrated drone systems can offer. The mdMapper3000DuoG VHR represents the biggest advancement of the three launches, giving users the opportunity to gather ultra-high-resolution photogrammetry from higher altitudes using the

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Intro to Multispectral Imaging

Originally developed for military target identification and reconnaissance, multispectral imaging uses specific wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum to document environmental features of interest. Early NASA imaging of Earth from space incorporated multispectral imaging technology to map details related to oceans, landforms, and vegetation. More recently, modern weather satellites now produce

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Edgybees Helps Australia’s Firefighters

As fires rage across Australia, devastating regions and endangering wildlife, drones and related technologies have stepped up to help first response teams to combat and mitigate loss from the deadly flames. One such company is Edgybees, AR software platform that overlays key geo-spatial information onto live drone feeds to

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Littoral Combat Ship Will Test Laser Weapon

The US Navy will put a laser weapon on a Littoral Combat Ship for the first time this year, amid efforts to boost the LCS’s lethality and to develop and field a family of laser systems. USS Little Rock (LCS-9) will receive a laser weapon during its upcoming deployment, Commander

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